Brittany Force has claimed her first National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Top Fuel championship, after defeating Richie Crampton in the second round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the season-ending race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.
Force’s victory makes her the second woman to win the drag racing series championship after Shirley Muldowney, who won the championship title in 1977, 1980 and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles.
Force, daughter of 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, struggled in the earlier part of the 2017/18 season, but after the John Force dragster team made a major chassis change, she claimed her first win at Epping during the Eastern Swing in June, reaching the semi-finals in the Countdown-opening race in Charlotte, and winning in Reading.
“I can’t believe we’re here, it just seems like a dream,” said Force. “And the reason we are here is because of that Monster team. Everyone at that team, and my family. We struggled. We had our ups and downs. But we pulled together. My crew chiefs, Alan Johnson and Brien Husen are the reason we’re here. They never gave up on me and always had my back and kept pushing for more.
“I have to thank my dad, and my family. This is a very proud moment. My dad is the one that gave me this opportunity, and I wouldn't be out here without him."